Stomatitis is swelling and redness of the lining of your mouth. It can cause painful sores that can make it hard for you to eat, drink, or swallow.
Stomatitis may be caused by a viral or bacterial infection, a disease, or not taking care of your teeth and gums properly. Other causes include reactions to smoking, burns from hot food or drinks, or an allergic reaction. Allergy causes may be a result of flavourings such as spearmint or cinnamon that are used in chewing gum, toothpaste, soft drinks, candies, and other products.
Your doctor may prescribe pain medicines or special mouth rinses. He or she may tell you to quit using some products that may be causing the sores. It can take up to 2 weeks for the sores to heal.
Some people with stomatitis also get a yeast infection of the mouth, called thrush. Medicines can treat this problem.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
August 9, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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